Lakers Owner Jerry Buss to the ASSOCIATED PRESS this week:
(Okay, you can stay)
â€śSome time ago, talking to some people, they wanted a bonus if the Lakers made the playoffs. I said, `Bonus? If we donâ€™t make the playoffs, you donâ€™t work here anymore.â€ťâ€™
Buss also opined on the derision borne of LeBron James‘ recent decision:
Given the devastating affect Jamesâ€™ decision had on the team and the city, Buss had â€śmixed emotionsâ€ť about Jamesâ€™ departure and felt he â€ślet down a lot of people and it seemed kind of sad.â€ť
“We are spending way too much money,” Buss said with an exasperated laugh. “It’s tough. You sit there and you say, ‘We really can’t afford this, we can’t afford this and we can’t afford this,’ and then somehow the next day we end up spending some more money and getting another player and signing a new extension, etc. etc. At least it has softened my attitude towards women in the mall, because I can’t turn down things either.”
And on the chances Phil Jackson coaching beyond the “last stand” that he is calling next season: “He will go through this year and find out that he’s discovered the fountain of youth, and who knows, he may continue after that. He says no, but who knows?”
Those of us in Los Angeles know that regardless of the outcome of the season, Jackson and Jeanie Buss will once again fire up the melodrama by dropping hints about his future with the franchise.
Though it is heartening to know that Jerry isn’t buying what they’re selling.